What You Should Know About the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak as a prevalent issue in the country today, it is important to understand what to look out for during this time. While many compare the disease to flu-like symptoms, all people should be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease itself. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and start to develop symptoms, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

What are the Symptoms?

The cases that have been reported as the Coronavirus disease have experienced a range of symptoms from mild to severe. Individuals may experience symptoms between two and 14 days after they were exposed to it. These symptoms can include the following:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

It is crucial to know that a person to be on the lookout for emergency warning signs as well. If a case becomes serious, they should seek out medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs can consist of the following:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

What Do I Do if I Think I’m Sick?

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or begin to develop symptoms of the disease, there are critical safety measures to implement to prevent spreading the disease and protect yourself. This includes the following actions:

  • Stay home and avoid public areas/transportation
  • Practice social distancing, stay away from others and limit contact with pets and animals. 
  • Call your doctor before visiting
  • If you are sick and/or caring for others, wear a face mask
  • Cover coughs and sneezes, wash your hands immediately and dispose of all used tissues
  • Clean your hands with soap and water often and use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Do not share household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, utensils, towels, bedding, etc.
  • Keep up with cleaning “high-touch” surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathrooms, etc., every day
  • Monitor your symptoms and call a doctor if they begin to become severe
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